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Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
Sitting in the foothills of the rugged Carpathian Mountains southwest of Krakow, the town of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska grew up to accommodate pilgrims who flocked to the red-roofed and copper-domed complex of religious buildings that still dominates life there to this day. Built in the 17th century, the ornate Baroque Sanctuary of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska provided Catholics with a substitute Chapel of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, which at that time was under Turkish rule and firmly off limits to Christians; it incorporates the Franciscan Bernardini Monastery alongside 42 chapels and churches all beautifully sited on pathways among woodland and symbolizing the Stations of the Cross at Calvary. 

In Polish religious life, only the Shrine to the Black Madonna at Częstochowa is more important than Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, which is UNESCO World Heritage listed for its sheer, breathtaking Baroque beauty, all created by Italian architect Giovanni Maria Bernardoni and his Flemish counterpart Paolo Baudarth. The fanciful, twin-spired main basilica is dedicated to Our Lady and its Chapel of Holy Mary of Calvary holds a highly revered icon of Mary and Jesus; the faithful gather there in thousands to see passion plays on Good Friday and celebrate on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption. Pope John-Paul II was born 15 km (9.25 miles) away in Wadowice and made several visits to the shrine when he returned to his homeland; his statue stands near the entrance to the basilica.

The town around the sanctuary has been known for the skill of its woodworkers since the mid 18th century; today more than 1,500 artisan cabinetmakers work among a population of 4,500 in total.

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Bernardines Monastery, ulica Bernardyńska 46, 34-130 Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. Open daily 9am–5pm; there are regular services throughout the day and admission to the monastery is free. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is 40 km (25 miles) southwest of Krakow, best accessed by car along the DK52 and DK7.
Address: Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, Poland
Hours: Open daily 9am–5pm
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Saint John Paul II Private Day Tour from Krakow

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Follow in the footsteps of Pope John Paul II on a full-day, small-group tour from Krakow that explores the places the pope lived and worshiped. You’ll see the John Paul II Family Museum in the former Pope’s hometown of Wadowice, then visit the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This full-day Pope John Paul II tour includes pickup and drop-off at accommodations in central Krakow, skip-the-line admission at each site, and transport by climate-controlled minivan, and it’s limited to 15 people for a more personal experience.
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Combined tour: Wadowice & Częstochowa- PRIVATE tour from Krakow

Follow the footsteps of John Paul II. After picking you up from your hotel, we are starting our tour. First step is Sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. Next one is in Wadowice the home town of Karol Wojtyła, where, together with a guide in the chosen language, you will visit the house of John Paul II. After that we are moving to the next place which is Sancuary of Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki. You will also visit Centre of John Paul which were builded on World Youth Day. Then you will go to Czestochowa. Częstochowa is one of the most important places of worship in Poland. We offer a private tour in these areas. On the place you will visit all complex on Jasna Góra, where you will have your time for visit and pray. You will also see the picture of miracles with the image of Black Madonna. After break for a lunch we will take you back to your hotel.
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Each tour is unique because You are unique!John Paul 2 Route is situated south of Krakow at the foot of Carpathians. This route is important not only for believers, but for all who want to understand history and life of this extraordinary man and environment in which he was growing to become charismatic pope. In the same time it is also story about Poland, culture and spirit of Polish and about beauty of its southern part. Visit the House-Museum of John Paul II & Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Monastery (UNESCO). Visit to Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Lagiewniki consecrated by John Paul II. Stop by Karol Wojtyla's house in Krakow.We pride ourselves in arranging outstanding Tailor-made Tours to even most remote spots of our beautiful region according to our Clients Wishes. We are not just a tour, we are real experience designed especially for our unique Guests! And wherever You wish to travel, we will take You there with great care and will make Your experience unforgettable.
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Discover Pope John Paul II: Complete Private Tour

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Tailor-made for Catholics the world over, this private spiritual journey follows in the footsteps of Karol Wojtyla—Pole, pope, and saint. Begin at Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, a UNESCO World Heritage site and place of pilgrimage. Then travel to Wadowice, the saint’s home town, visit the local basilica, taste his favorite dessert, and tour his family home. Finally, explore the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, once home to Saint Faustina Kowalska.
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John Paul II trail: private tour from Krakow

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The Footsteps of John Paul II & Divine Mercy Private Tour

The excursion contains three main points:• The Family House of Karol Wojtyła in Wadowice.See where he was born and spent his childhood on a guided tour with a professional guide. Explore the museum, which is about 1,200 square meters on four floors and see sights such as animations and authentic things belonging to Karol Wojtyla and his family.After visiting the museum, spend some free time on the Market Square in Wadowice. • Sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, basilica, and monastery on the John Paul II trail.See the now UNESCO World Heritage sight which was particularly close to the heart of John Paul II, combining the cult of Jesus Christ Suffering and Our Lady.• Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki, Kraków.Visit the sacred complex associated with the life and activity of the Sister Faustyna Kowalska. A place of pilgrimage connected with the presence of the image of Merciful Jesus and the grave of Sister Faustyna Kowalska. 
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Get an up-close look at the life of John Paul II on this 5-hour tour to Wadowice, the former pope’s childhood home, from Krakow. Journey through the Beskidy Mountains, visit the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, and explore the pope's family home as your expert guide provides illuminating background information. Your tour concludes with transportation back to Krakow.
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Tick off three of Poland’s most popular pilgrimage sites in just one day on a 6-hour trip to Wadowice, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, and the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy from Krakow. Travel with ease between the monuments, all associated with Pope John Paul II, and gain insight into Poland’s religious heritage from a guide. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Krakow are included.
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Immerse yourself in all things John Paul II and St. Sister Faustina on this guided half-day tour by minibus. This pilgrimage-like tour takes you to Sister Faustina's Shrine, Pope John Paul II's home town and the Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Lagiewniki, among other spiritual sites. Learn about the history of the pope-turned saint and about the interesting life of Sister Faustina.
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John Paul II Route from Krakow (Private Tour)

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Krakow: JPII Tour

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Private Saint John Paul II Day Trip to Wadowice and Lagiewniki

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Immerse yourself in all things John Paul II, the beloved Polish pope-turned-saint, on this guided day trip from Krakow to Wadowice and Lagiewniki. Visit John Paul's hometown and marvel at the Way of the Cross in Kalwaria Zebrzydowsk.
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